fiction by Leo Coffey
“Get up and quit acting like a girl!” he says. My whole body throbs as he speaks, and I can feel my heartbeat between my legs.
“What’s so wrong about being a girl?! What if I want to be a girl?” I yell.
He is frozen still, and for a moment I think the world has already ended.
Around ten o’clock, the sound of Papa snoring away echoes through the halls. He has always been a heavy sleeper, and as long as he was comfortable, that was all that ever mattered.
Leo Coffey is a trans fiction writer born and raised in Bostic, North Carolina, a small Appalachian community in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from UNC Asheville and is a fiction reader for Reckon Review. His stories have appeared in Hawaii Pacific Review, Appalachian Review, and The Dead Mule (forthcoming). He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his partner, where he works as a bookseller at Union Avenue Books.